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    electricity as finite we can start looking at our demand issue as one of redistribution rather than increased supply So how might this work in practice Lets say that in the future a developer wishes to build a project in Vancouver Their first requirement would be to quantify the amount of electricity gas potable water and solid liquid waste their development will generate Their next step is to source the amount of resources they require from within the existing system They do this by funding retrofits to existing building stock that generate savings equal to the resources they require Meanwhile a parallel program has been developed that works with Strata corporations and low income owners to undertake resources audits that identify the quantities of energy water and waste that could be saved by building upgrades A central resources database is thereby established that identifies retrofit projects costs and potential quantities of resources saved The developer accesses this database and selects projects that singly or combined generate the resources required to allow their project to proceed A commitment to fund these retrofits is required for a Permit to be issued This could be phased in over a period of time with developers initially only having to find eg 25 of the resources they require ramping up to a long range target of 100 The City could pass the associated long term savings generated by reductions in infrastructure projects in the form of reductions in other development charges A recent proposed project called Stable Flats in Philadelphia by a design development collective called Onion Flats is based on similar principles It proposes a very novel heating and cooling system based on building a 1 6million litre underground tank that will accept storm water from both the site and the larger community surrounding

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  • BT | A | Works » Welcome to the New Blog for BTAworks
    your stay 0 COMMENTS Comments are closed RSS Subscribe ARTICLE CATEGORIES ALL 72 Data Desk 47 Research Papers 33 Observations 37 A Look Back 8 Media 25 Public Programming 7 Search Bing Thom Architects BTArchitects Join the conversation Data Desk March 21 2013 BTAworks Foreign Investment in Vancouver Real Estate Slide Presentation at SFU Woodwards The Presentation Slidedeck A special thanks to Am Johal Community Engag More Data Desk July

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  • BT | A | Works » Who might the next 120,000 Vancouverites be?
    War the City has grown steadily by 15 percent every 10 years with the exception of a downturn in the early 1980s Projecting into 2021 Vancouver is set to grow another 15 percent by 2011 and 6 percent by 2021 If these projections are true a major planning dilemma for the City will be where to put the next 120 000 new Vancouverites in the next 12 years Growth by itself does not necessarily shape cities Questions of how many need to be tempered by inquiries into Who they are The answers between these two questions have deep implications in shaping the economic social and cultural life of any city In this next series of entries we ll explore some of the characteristics distribution and consequences of recent population growth in the City of Vancouver all of which perhaps provides a glimpse into the City s future 0 COMMENTS Comments are closed RSS Subscribe ARTICLE CATEGORIES ALL 72 Data Desk 47 Research Papers 33 Observations 37 A Look Back 8 Media 25 Public Programming 7 Search Bing Thom Architects BTArchitects Join the conversation Data Desk March 21 2013 BTAworks Foreign Investment in Vancouver Real Estate Slide Presentation at SFU Woodwards

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    A Community Toolkit and Atlas News Release PDF The Local Effects of Global Climate Change in the City of Vancouver A Community Toolkit and Atlas PDF The Local Effects of Global Climate Change in the City of Vancouver An Atlas PDF Media Contact Eileen Keenan BTAworks Researcher ekeenan btaworks com 604 682 1881 A Look Back April 19 2011 A Flickr Slideshow of the Works of Harland Bartholomew and Associates for the City of Vancouver Created with flickr slideshow These images are part of the newly digitized City of Vancouver Archives Harland Bartholomew Collection and are from the Archives Flickr Photostream A special advance thank you to the wonderful student volunteers from the University of British Columbia s School of Community and Regional Planning SCARP and School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture SALA who are helping at the Harland Bartholomew Event on April 26 Thien Phan SCARP 11 Metha Brown SCARP 11 Yazmin Banuelas SCARP 12 Lindsay Neufeld SCARP 12 Jaime Yee SALA 12 A Look Back Data Desk December 6 2010 Closing Schools in the City of Vancouver circa 1928 As the proposed closure of five public schools in the City of Vancouver in 2010 has been averted a view from 1928 provides an important and interesting historical context and perspective In A Plan for the City of Vancouver British Columbia including Point Grey and South Vancouver and a General Plan of the Region Harland Bartholomew and Associates developed the urban and physical skeleton for Vancouver through the first and only attempt to create a complete master plan for the entire City Hidden within the plan there was also the issue of which elementary and secondary schools should be abandoned More Media December 3 2010 No matter how tempting selling schools isn t the answer A column by Vancouver Sun writer Don Cayo perspective on school closures in the City of Vancouver with references to the recent BTAwork study on school enrollment Media November 23 2010 Will Two Schools of Thought Tear the Fabric of Society A story by Peter McMartin of the Vancouver Sun on the BTAworks five city public and private school enrollment analysis Data Desk Research Papers November 18 2010 School Enrollment Growth and Decline in Burnaby Coquitlam Richmond Surrey and Vancouver School enrollment can provide key insights into a city s vitality and social sustainability This brief builds up the findings of the September 2009 BTAworks study on the public elementary school enrollment patterns in the City of Vancouver and extends its scope to examine the five largest public and independent private primary and secondary school enrollment patterns in the Metro Vancouver region Burnaby Coquitlam Richmond Surrey and Vancouver With data provided by the British Columbia Ministry of Education this data brief compiles standard enrollment data from the 1991 92 to 2009 10 school years with a focus on the most recent ten school years of 2000 01 to 2009 10 To place these numbers in a context this brief also examines the state of

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    resources and creativity both inside and outside the Hall to figure out how to put livable and affordable secondary family units on a 33 foot lot The fact that the City is now allowing laneway houses to be built on a test case basis is a very positive step but unless more leeway can be given as to the size form and parking requirements for this housing the experiment will be of limited value We need to broaden the discussion by allowing larger units that could be inhabited by young families with one or two children This is an opportunity that should be studied beyond planning regulations and building design It should also involve investigating and testing different building delivery methods complementary financing and ownership models and potential incentives to encourage its construction With an aging population and declining birth rates laneway housing could be part of the bulwark to Vancouver s ability to retain these critical young workers While our solid stock of smaller units works well at initially attracting these workers unfortunately the lack of available family housing is forcing these workers to leave and find work elsewhere once they decide to start a family The real tragedy about this is that this occurs often at the point in their careers where they are the most valuable to our economy so their loss often to locations outside the city or even the province is detrimental to our future productivity and competitiveness Michael Heeney is a partner and the executive director for Bing Thom Architects Observations July 6 2009 The City as Ecosystem The City as Ecosystem Recently we ve been looking much more closely at the work of those we like to call the system thinkers the William McDonoughs Michael Braungarts and Janine Benyus s of the world Their theories share the approach of modeling our solutions to the challenges posed by environmental degradation on those used by nature Beyond triple bottom line they propose approaches that are closed loop in strategy eliminating non renewable energy input and waste creation There is also an underlying theme that resources and energy are finite in quantity At BTA we first started looking at this approach in our proposal for the 2010 Expo in Shanghai where we established a set of guiding design values known as The Shanghai Principles based on Cradle to Cradle strategies This got us thinking more widely about the concept of cities or neighbourhoods as ecosystems In nature no one individual species tries to go it alone they all depend on other species for their food shelter and energy needs Why then do we aspire to our buildings becoming stand alone islands of self sufficiency It this not contrary to the collective spirit that we claim is essential to solve our global environmental social and economic challenges It seems to us that as with so many of our current issues what is required is a paradigm shift in how we frame the issue Suppose that instead of looking for strategies to meet a projected ongoing increase in demand for resources such as energy water and waste management that we simply started from the premise that all these resources are finite in capacity Suppose we set limits for the amount of electricity that can be generated potable water supplied and waste treated based on what our regional ecosystem can sustain without permanent and irreparable damage Once we start to consider a resource such as electricity as finite we can start looking at our demand issue as one of redistribution rather than increased supply So how might this work in practice Lets say that in the future a developer wishes to build a project in Vancouver Their first requirement would be to quantify the amount of electricity gas potable water and solid liquid waste their development will generate Their next step is to source the amount of resources they require from within the existing system They do this by funding retrofits to existing building stock that generate savings equal to the resources they require Meanwhile a parallel program has been developed that works with Strata corporations and low income owners to undertake resources audits that identify the quantities of energy water and waste that could be saved by building upgrades A central resources database is thereby established that identifies retrofit projects costs and potential quantities of resources saved The developer accesses this database and selects projects that singly or combined generate the resources required to allow their project to proceed A commitment to fund these retrofits is required for a Permit to be issued This could be phased in over a period of time with developers initially only having to find eg 25 of the resources they require ramping up to a long range target of 100 The City could pass the associated long term savings generated by reductions in infrastructure projects in the form of reductions in other development charges A recent proposed project called Stable Flats in Philadelphia by a design development collective called Onion Flats is based on similar principles It proposes a very novel heating and cooling system based on building a 1 6million litre underground tank that will accept storm water from both the site and the larger community surrounding area The development will then use that water as a heat exchanger to help heat and cool the building with a geoexchange system An additional benefit is that they re working to have this feature recognized as public infrastructure and have the City contribute to the cost of the tank The economics of this project work because since 2006 the City of Philadelphia has required developers to absorb storm water on new developments rather than directing it to storm sewers In November 2008 it began charging a fee to projects who could not meet this requirement with the intention of using the money to fund community based storm water projects This raises the potential of creating a storm water transfer system as an alternative

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    cycling lanes and these profiles could be placed in any contemporary urban plan Observations May 8 2009 Welcome to the New Blog for BTAworks Hello World This is the new web presence for BTAworks and will feature the various papers projects and resources for the research and development division of Bing Thom Architects Enjoy your stay NEWER ENTRIES RSS Subscribe ARTICLE CATEGORIES ALL 72 Data Desk 47 Research Papers 33

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